Less than 24 hours after the House voted to hold disgraced Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, the agency agreed to turn over all of Lerner’s e-mails and correspondence to a House panel investigating its targeting of conservative nonprofit groups.
“While it is good that we are finally getting these e-mails, it should never have taken this long,” Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp said in a statement, arguing that the information is critical to his investigation. “The Committee will thoroughly review the Lerner documents and follow them wherever they may lead,” he said.
Republican lawmakers have been demanding the documents for months and, in March, Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa threatened to hold IRS commissioner John Koskinen in contempt if he did not produce the e-mails requested by the committee. Koskinen had told lawmakers it might take years to produce them.
The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday evening by a 231–178 margin to hold Lerner, the former director of the IRS’s exempt-organizations division, in contempt for her refusal to testify before the Oversight Committee about her knowledge of targeting scandal.